The next three weeks of the Ulster Bank All Ireland League have Cork Constitution playing all three matches in Cork and as a consequence the club are planning a hectic February.
Next Saturday Con host their old rivals Shannon in Temple Hill, a week later they will make a trip across the South Link to Musgrave Park to play local rivals Dolphin and finish the month with another of its Munster rivals Garryowen, again in Temple Hill. On the rugby front it going to be busy February with the business end of the Ulster Bank AIL building up to a great finish and still much to play for all clubs in 1A.
Cork Con dropped points in Limerick on week 9 of the league against Young Munster’s, in a tight and hard fought 6 – 3 game in terrible weather conditions in Greenfields. Old Belvedere bounced back after their defeat to Cork Con against Blackrock and St. Marys also dropped points at the weekend so things at the top of the league have Con and Belvedere swopping 1 & 2 spots.
This year Cork Con has repeatedly talked about Community Engagement and Family Attraction reinforcing the message that Cork Constitution is a community club. The month of February will see another month of activities off the pitch to compliment the three matches on the pitch and echo the sentiments of the clubs message for the season.
The busy schedule kicks off in Temple Hill this Saturday with internal blitz’s and training for the underage followed by the annual coaches lunch which isthe way the club show their appreciation to the 50 coaches involved in the underage section. The coaches are invited to lunch as an appreciation for their effort, commitment and dedication involved in coaching and developing the 500 underage players in the club.
The match day lunch has been gathering momentum during the season and this Saturday promises to be no different. A buffet lunch format that was changed earlier in the season to encourage a relaxed atmosphere prior to the match is now again an integral part of Temple Hill on AIL match days and great value at €20, which includes entry to game.
After the pre match lunch the main event Con vs. Shannon getsunderway at 2.30pm which promises to be another epic between these two great clubs.
The match is followed by the Six Nations Rugby live on TV with hot bites in both bars.
The day finishes up with the Annual Valentines Night Disco, which this year is an 80’s night, with a 96FM DJ playing all the 80’s music, spot prizes, food and much more, a night that is organised by the parents committee and a great night is promised.
After the Shannon match the club then focuses on the annual Presidents and Captains Dinner on the 18thFebruary, the eve prior to Con v Dolphin in Musgrave Park. This night is an annual event at which the club honours its President and Captain and guests include the President of the IRFU, the Munster Branch and Presidents of local clubs. It is a night where a member of the club is inducted into the Hall of Fame and this year’s inductee is a famous Cork Con member with links to all levels within the club and has been involved with 16 Irish Internationals (more to follow next week).
After the Friday night the club will make the short trip to Musgrave Park to watch Con vs. Dolphin with Con hoping to avenge the defeat earlier in the season. It’s a big weekend in Corks local rugby scene and it will be the sixth time these clubs will have played in competition in ten months.
The following week Con welcome Garryowen and as has been the case in all home Ulster Bank AIL it’s going to be action packed, with the 90/91 squad, inaugural winners of the AIL been welcomed back to the club and an invitation the Garryowen team from the famous day in January 1991 when Con defeated Garryowen in Dooradoyle to take the league. In addition the club will be inviting the Canadian tour side from 1990 for a day in Temple Hill. As always the underage will play a big part in the day and day will conclude with a Race Night in the Hall.
February is going to be a busy month in Cork Constitution and another sign that the club is committed to the community and participation at all levels, it is another example of how active membership is an important part of Cork Constitution this season.
On the field with the International season in full swing and with Munster playing Magners it will allow the clubs to showcase strength in depth and display the quality of array of talent that exists in all these clubs. It will be an ideal opportunity for players to step up during the busiest month in both domestic and international rugby and once again show the quality of the Ulster Bank All Ireland League.
Con are stepping up to the challenge on all fronts and look forward to the most eventful month so far in the 2010/11 season, why not join them!